Gifts of Hope is an alternative gift-giving program of the South Carolina Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Whether your gift is for Christmas, a birthday, anniversary, or any other occasion –
give gifts that really matter. Give HOPE!

Purchasing your Gifts of Hope

The fastest and easiest way for most people to purchase Gifts of Hope is through your local congregation, either by speaking with a congregational representative or at a special event that highlights and encourages purchasing these gifts. Here are the four easy steps:

  1. Review the Gifts of Hope catalog to select your gifts .
  2. Fill out order form (available for download and printing below).
  3. Remit payment to your congregation.
  4. Receive a card to give to the person in whose honor you’re giving this Gift of Hope.

You may also purchase online as an individual if your congregation isn’t doing an event this year.

  1. Review the online Gifts of Hope catalog list below.
  2. Click the “Order Online” button below.
  3. Select your Gifts of Hope gifts and follow the easy online instructions to pay by credit, debit, or bank draft. If you feel too uncomfortable using our online portal for a safe and easy payment, please contact Julie Koon for further instructions.
  4. Return to to download and print the card to send to the person in whose honor you’re giving this Gift of Hope!
Gifts that provide for daily needs

1. Helping in Japan | JELC $30
Support for the Disabled – Inspired through a Lutheran family’s loving care for a disabled daughter, an organization now recognized by the Japanese government as a social welfare organization, called “Small One” was formed which brings disabled people together to live, work, and support one another in whatever they are doing. They make unique cloth by using a process called throstle spinning, an outmoded frame for spinning cotton from roving, a slightly twisted roll or strand of textile fibers. They literally make their cloth from the basic raw materials, which are said to be the best. As the number of disabled persons joining them increases, more loom machinery is necessary. Your gift will help purchase another loom, to make it possible for the disabled to take care of themselves and make a witness in the community.

2. Lunch for a Volunteer | SCLRC $10
Camp Kinard and Coastal Retreat rely on the many talents and skills of our dedicated team of volunteers to complete various projects around these special places. Your gift provides for a meal during their day and is one way we can say say thank

3. Walking Trail | NW $10
This gift will help with the expense of repairing the walking trail at Pioneer A. Trails at Lutheridge and Lutherock are always in need of repair and maintenance. Your gift provides, gravel, mulch, and water bars to help keep the site safe for walking through the woods. Walking on trails with friends is such a great way to build long lasting relationships and experience God’s gift of nature. Keeping the trail safe and user friendly is so important. Your gift will help provide funding for repair of these trails.

4. Hospice Care for Low Income Patients| LHSC $50
Lutheran Hospice relies on donations to cover the cost of providing care for patients who do not have insurance or qualify for Medicaid or Medicare. Your gift will be used to provide care or basic needs such as utilities, food, etc. for hospice patients with limited resources.

5. Supplies | SWDT $25
For the Orphanage in Tanzania – The orphanage is a ministry of the Women of the Church. Food, clothing, bedding and hygiene products are needed to care for these children. This gift will help provide for these needs.

6. Emergency Assistance for a Seminarian | LT SS $20
Help for Unexpected Emergencies – Seminary students run into unforeseen emergency situations like the death of a loved one, uncovered health expenses, and unavoidable car repairs. Your gift will help pay for expenses like bereavement travel and other unexpected expenses for a seminary student with financial need.

7. Clothed in Love | LSC $20
Children in Foster Care – Many children come into foster care from abusive or neglectful situations with no belongings and just the clothes on their backs. Your gift will help provide clothing for these children as they begin their journey towards healing.

8. Lunch | LTSS $10
For a Seminarian – Your gift will provide one meal for a seminarian struggling with financial hardship.

9. Educational Support | SWDT $20
For the Youth in Tanzania – Tuition, uniforms, and supplies are required for the primary school children to attend school. Your gift will help provide a child with his or her necessities for a year.

10. Women’s Group Farm Project | SWDT $10
Your gift will help purchase chickens and pigs for the Women’s Group Farm Project of the South Western Diocese of Tanzania.

11. Craft Materials for Women | IELCO $20
The Lutheran women of Colombia gather together to make handcrafted items to supplement their low income. Many of these women are widows or single mothers. The sale of their handcrafted items helps them economically. This gift will help them purchase necessary supplies.

12. Medical and Dental Supplies | SWDT $25
For Tanzania Clinic – People walk for miles to be seen in one of the clinics that serves thousands of people. Medicine and supplies are always in short supply. This gift will help meet the basic medical needs in this third world country.

13. Supplies for Groups on Retreat | SCLRC $20
Each year, SCLRC is overjoyed to open our doors to over 200 groups and nearly 6,500 people! From special week long camps for youth to weekend events for adults, each retreat creates meaningful memories that will last a lifetime for the participants. Your gift helps provide for things like toilet paper, cleaning supplies in addition to sporting equipment, pool toys and the many other fun things our groups use at Camp Kinard and Coastal Retreat.

14. Malaria Prevention | SMTF $10
With a Bed Net – In many countries of Africa, a mosquito bite can cause malaria and possible death. Your gift provides a bed net treated with long lasting insecticide. It also provides education on its use to ensure that families are protected as they sleep.

15. Feed a Child in Colombia | IELCO $5 or $25
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Colombia has feeding programs in two areas where displaced persons have settled to escape the internal violence that has been occurring in Colombia for decades. Many of these families have fled in fear for their lives and have lost everything. $5 can provide one meal for a child; $25 can feed a child one meal a day for a week.

16. Change a Child’s Life | LSC $25
Children in Foster Care – Sometimes because of abuse or neglect, or because their parents have become unable to care for them, children are left without the love and support they need to lead happy and productive lives. A gift of $25 will help LSC provide an hour of intensive training and/or professional support to help foster parents care for and guide children through unimaginable struggles and challenges.

Gifts that build for the future Gifts

17. Give Family Caregivers Renewed Hope| LHSC $20
Providing constant care for an older adult with poor health can result in the family caregiver becoming exhausted over time. Your gift will enable BeWell Home Services to provide a break for a family caregive

18. A Way to Self Sufficiency | LSC $15
Refugees – LSC helps refugees from around the world escape persecution and build a new life. Fifteen dollars will provide a 10-ride bus pass for a refugee to travel to and from work to support his/her family, move towards a future of self-sufficiency, and become a vital member of the local community.

19. Overnight Accommodations | LTSS $25
Non-residential students sometimes need to stay on campus overnight in order to complete concentrated studies. Your gift provides a one night stay over in the seminary’s commuter house.

20. Renewing Facilities | SCLRC $50
Groups at Camp Kinard and Coastal Retreat gather for many different reasons; to learn, to have fun, to be spiritually fed, to relax – the list goes on and on! Your gift allows us continually renew and update our facilities so that retreat participants get the most out of their time here and be sent back into the world, renewed as changed individuals.

21. Textbook | LTSS $50
For a Required Seminary Course – Required textbooks cost students over $750 per year. Your gift will provide one required textbook for a seminary student struggling with financial hardship.

22. Camp Opportunities | NW $20
Youth Camper – Grounded in basic leadership fundamentals and the spiritual leadership of Christ, the camping experience will help youth develop their own leadership potential in church, school, or even as a future Lutheridge+Lutherock counselor. Because of camp experiences, many go on to seminary and serve the church as ordained and rostered leaders. Your gift will provide scholarship assistance for camper programs.

23. General Student Aid | LTSS $50
For help with tuition and other costs related to seminary education. Your gift will offer assistance to a student who is in need of financial assistance.

24. Housing and Meal Assistance | NW $10
For Volunteers – Each year volunteers come to Lutheridge and Lutherock to help get camp ready for the summer. Volunteers are an integral part of opening camp. Weekends are customized for work at the sites. Your gift will assist with housing, materials, and meals for volunteers.

25. Helping Children | JELC $30
Youth raised in Kumamoto Lutheran social welfare institutions, some of which were established by pioneer Lutheran Missionary Maud Powlas from North Carolina, have no families or others to help financially to study at the college level or at vocational schools upon graduating from high school, which is so important to do in Japan.

Almost 100 children of various ages are cared for at three Lutheran “homes,” i.e., an orphanage, a facility called “The Light House” for the visually and hearing challenged, and a home which cares for children with other different handicaps.

Most of these children when they leave their “home” will not be able to continue their education simply due to financial reasons. A gift of $30 will make your recipient a member of a support program started recently by a congregation in Kumamoto.

26. Flood Relief | LSC $25
South Carolina Residents – South Carolina experienced devastating floods in 2015 and thousands of people are still trying to rebuild their lives. A gift of $25 will be used by an LSC disaster case manager who will work closely with SC residents affected by the flooding to help address any unmet needs.

Gifts that bring joy

27. Rocking Chairs | SCLRC $150
Part of the mission of the SCLRC is to provide places where people can gather for times of transformation and relaxation. Sitting on the rocking chairs with others on retreats allows each guest to truly relax experience this same transformational feeling while being on retreat!

28. Help a Resident Look and Feel Better | LHSC $10
Older adults with limited resources who live in our Lutheran Homes communities often need financial assistance to purchase some of their basic needs. Your gift will be used to purchase clothes and personal items or pay for a visit to the hair stylist or barber so a resident can maintain his or her self-esteem.

29. Developing Youth Ministry with missionaries | IELCO $15
The South Carolina Synod is blessed with two missionaries from Colombia who are helping to develop ministry among Spanish speaking communities in the state. A gift provides activity money for youth in the youth ministries of these missions.

30. Summershine Camper Outing | NW $20
For Assistance with Camper Outings – For over 40 years, Lutheridge has provided a quality camping experience for mentally challenged youth and adults. This program enables these special campers to
experience all the fun of summer camp. Your gift will provide outing money for a camper.

31. Gift of Grace | LHSC $25
For a Lutheran Hospice Patient – As Lutheran Hospice cares for patients and their families, staff members often learn about simple unfulfilled wishes that are still possible to achieve. Your gift will enable Lutheran Hospice to provide a gift of grace that fulfills one last wish that will make a difference in a patient’s last days.

Participating Ministries & Institutions

Iglesia Evangélica Luterana de Colombia (IELCO)
IELCO is the South Carolina Synod’s newest companion synod relationship. IELCO has 14 churches and 5 missions in various parts of Colombia. Although IELCO is a small church it has made great strides in their work in the areas of environment, justice and human rights, HIV/AIDS, and education. Currently they have four Lutheran schools as part of the church and they are building a Lutheran School of
Theology to better equip their pastors and laity in an understanding of Lutheran theology

Japan Evangelical Lutheran Association (JELA ) / Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church (JELC)
JELC/JELA is one of the SC Synod’s companion synods. JELC and JELA work in cooperation on many ministry programs including Helping families rebuild their lives following the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that struck in March of 2011.

Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC)
Each year, LSC works to bring healing and wholeness to children, adults, families and communities through accredited human service programs at many program sites in North and South Carolina coordinated from community based offices in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC. Founded in 1976, LSC is a joint social ministry of the North Carolina and South Carolina Synods of the ELCA. Learn more online at

Lutheran Homes of South Carolina (LHSC)
Lutheran Homes of South Carolina promotes the well-being of older adults by providing residential, health care and hospice services. The seven ministries of Lutheran Homes include five continuing care retirement communities—Franke at Seaside in Mt. Pleasant, the Heritage at Lowman in White Rock, Rice Estate in Columbia, RoseCrest in Inman, and Trinity on Laurens in Aiken; Lutheran Hospice in the Upstate, Midlands and Lowcountry; and BeWell Home Services in the Upstate, Midlands and Lowcountry.

NovusWay Ministries, Inc. (NW)
Lutheridge+Lutherock Ministries Inc. is owned and operated by the Florida-Bahamas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Southeastern synods of the ELCA and serves all ages from the SE United States. Its mission is to provide programs, opportunities, and places apart where all people can experience a Christ-centered community, grow in relationship to God and God’s creation, and be equipped for ministry. Camp and conference facilities are Lutheridge, 160 acres in Arden, NC known for its summer camp and year-round ministry programs; and Lutherock, 700 acres on Sugar Mountain, known for its rugged, outdoor adventure ministry.

South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers (SCLRC)
SCLRC’s mission is to facilitate the growth of God’s Kingdom through exceptional hospitality and transformational opportunities within the glory of God’s creation. Operating Camp Kinard (Batesburg-Leesville) and Coastal Retreat (Isle of Palms), SCLRC opens their doors to thousands of groups and individuals throughout the year where lasting memories are made! Learn more online at

South Western Diocese Of Tanzania (SWDT)
The South Western Diocese is located in the southwestern corner of Tanzania in a remote mountain region. The Diocese was created in 1992 when the Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania was divided. There are approximately 18 parishes and each parish has several congregations. Tanzania is a very stable country, but very poor, with warm and friendly citizens. The Lutheran church’s rapid growth rate in Tanzania makes it one of the world’s fastest growing churches in East Africa.

Synod Malaria Task Force (SMTF)
The Synod Malaria Task Force is a group of pastors and lay people focused on raising awareness and encouraging participation of South Carolina congregations in joint effort with the ELCA to eradicate
malaria in Africa.

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary /Lenior-Rhyne (LTSS)
Southern Seminary has served the Church since it was founded in 1830 by the South Carolina Synod. The seminary continues to fulfill its mission to teach, form, and nurture men and women for a life of public ministry in a context that is faithfully Lutheran and ecumenically committed. LTSS is one of eight ELCA seminaries and moved to its current location on North Main Street in Columbia, SC in 1911. Southern prepares servant leaders through four degree programs: Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts Religion (M.A.R.), Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.), and Master of Sacred Theology (S. T. M.). LTSS attracts seminarians from both Region 9 and across the
country. For more information visit call (866) 921-1157.